<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that prolonged attacks on Benue communities by Fulani herdsmen are causing humanitarian and food crises which, if not checked, can result to famine across the land.
He stated this today when he visited Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Abagena, Daudu and Gbajimba camps.
The Governor said the continued displacement of the people could affect the next planting season which would lead to food shortage in the state and the country at large.
Governor Ortom appealed to those in positions of authority and were capable of putting an end to the crisis to do so, saying the displaced children who were forced out of school could be those of anyone.
While assuring that he would do everything lawfully possible to ensure the return of the displaced to their homes, the Governor expressed optimistism that God would rise and wage a war against the invaders.
He promised sustained supply of food and non food relief materials to the displaced persons, stressing that medical attention would never cease in the camps.
Governor Ortom said the visit was to reassure the displaced persons that they were not abandoned in their predicament and that everything was being done to ensure that they return to their homes as soon as possible.
Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Emmanuel Shior in an address, appreciated the commitment of the Governor in catering for the IDPs, even as he called on the Federal Government to step up support in that regard.
In their remarks, some of the IDPs told the Governor that though he had taken good care of them, they were eager to return home and continue with their farming activities, noting that there was no place like home.
They however pledged their unflinching support to the ranching law and urged the Governor not to waver in its implementation.
In his exaltation, Pastor Tom Igya who was invited by Governor Ortom to minister and pray for the displaced persons, urged Benue people to look up to God for help, saying nothing is impossible before the Creator.
The Governor was accompanied by his deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, Commissioners, Special Advisers and other top government functionaries.